I was in the fifth grade and it was a Wednesday. I know it was a Wednesday because my school only served hot lunch on two days – Wednesday and Thursday. Wednesdays brought Campbell’s vegetable soup and McDonald’s hamburgers and cheeseburgers. Soup was a quarter and burgers were fifty cents each. That particular day I forgot my money and my lunch. I called home, but my mom wasn’t home, so I called my grandmother and asked if my mom was there. I asked if she could pass the message on to my mother. She did one better. I sulked most of the morning because I couldn't get a hold of my … [Read more...]
Editor's Note: In honor of Mother's Day this coming Sunday, we are featuring posts about moms by our City Dads Group contributors. My mom was a junior high school art teacher for more than 25 years. Her specialty was not the art her students created, but the creativity she taught them. Many of her students would get down on themselves and their artwork. It wasn't going the way they wanted, they couldn't draw perspective, they couldn't draw their self-portrait, whatever. My mom had a rare gift as a teacher -- she was able to look at their work and show them how what they thought was a … [Read more...]
What is love? That was one of the many questions the children of some of our NYC Dad Group members tackled in a special web segment "Valentine's Day: How do you know when you're in love? These kids have the cutest Valentine's Day advice" for NBC's Today morning show. Check it out below: Special thanks to NYC Dads Group dudes Garett Ewald, Jason Greene, Greg Jobson-Larkin, Sydney Li, Greg Kessler, Arvind Ramnami, Will Schror and Lance Somerfeld for letting your children appear in this video. … [Read more...]
I like playing the random “Feeling Lucky” music mixes off my Google Cloud when I'm home alone with my 3-year-old. She loves pretending to sing and dances hard to the music.
A classic rock mix of CSN, Dire Straits, Supertramp and a little Fleetwood Mac come on today. I hadn't listened to most of those song in years and it took me back. My daughter perked up as I sang to her, giggling and getting playful. I turned her upside down for a huge belly laugh and, as I was bringing her back up, I looked at her laughing, … [Read more...]
The Christmas tree lights are still glowing. The house is finally silent. It was a very good day. But before I go to sleep … I have one question. Who designs toy packaging? Second question: What is he so mad about? The talent of this individual is being wasted. Here is a picture of one of the toys the eldest unwrapped on Christmas morning: There was the exterior plastic shell. A protective shell inside of the plastic shell. A plastic shell protecting the back of the package from the plastic on the front of the package. AND random strips of tape that held all of these … [Read more...]